Two persons were killed and six others injured in an explosion at a chemical factory in Maharashtra’s Raigad district in the wee hours of Thursday, a police official said.
The explosion took place around 2.30 am in the factory at Dheku in Sajgaon industrial area of Khopoli town, located about 70 km from Mumbai, following which a fire broke out in the premises, he said.
Two persons including a woman died and six others were injured, the official from Khopoli police station said.
Fire brigade and police personnel rushed to the spot and launched firefighting and rescue operations, he said.
The injured were taken to a civic-run hospital in Khopoli, the official said.
Firefighting was on till early morning, he added.
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A large explosion following a fire of chemicals occurred today (Friday) at one of the largest petrochemical facilities in Iran. This is a petrochemical plant of the Hormusi company in Bander Mashhar, a facility whose name was previously linked to the Iranian nuclear project and was even included in the list of facilities in the list of sanctions imposed on Iran.
According to reports and videos circulated on social media, black smoke was seen rising from the scene of the explosion and large forces of firefighters arrived at the scene of the incident.
The state-run state news agency, Irena, reported that the man was under control and that there were no casualties in the blast or fire. The cause of the explosion was not reported in the media, but the possibilities range from a technical malfunction, human error or even deliberate sabotage by opposition groups in the country, which carried out several attacks on infrastructure facilities in the country during the summer.
Iran experienced a wave of mysterious explosions at key sites in the country this summer, including the ballistic missile development facility in Perchin and the uranium enrichment facility, part of the Iranian nuclear program, near the city of Natanz. Alongside these facilities, port facilities, petrochemical plants and oil pipelines in the country caught fire.
Last week, the Diaspora opposition organization “Iran’s National Resistance Council” announced that Iran had recently inaugurated a new facility for the assembly and production of nuclear warheads at a facility east of the capital Tehran.
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PANIC has spread across Edinburgh tonight after a huge blaze erupted at a chemical plant near Scotland’s capital.
In pictures seen tonight, a huge fire has sparked at the Mossmorran chemical plant. On social media, worried residents shared pictures showing the huge orange blaze in the night sky. Such was the power of the blaze, residents in Edinburgh could see the fire light up the sky although the plant is located in Fife.
The chemical plant has come under scrutiny following an elevated flaring at the site on Sunday – which is also what happened tonight.
The first incident had taken place at the site on 3.30am after being reported by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).
ExxonMobil, who own the plan near Cowdenbeath on the east coast, have pledged to launch an investigation into why Sunday’s incident took place.
A statement for tonight’s incident has not yet been released by ExxonMobil.
One person said on Twitter: “Like a volcano on the doorstep!!
“Edinburgh should be worried – not only Fife.
“Experts warned of this from planning stage.”
Another person: “Why is there a blazing fire in the distance in Edinburgh’s skyline?
“I’m on the outskirts and it’s neon orange.”
Following the flare on Sunday, SEPA’s head of environmental performance, Chris Dailly, confirmed an investigation will now take place.
“Whilst limited, controlled flaring is an authorised and important safety feature of industrial sites, we know it has been happening too often at Mossmorran and the community impacts are often significant.
“Whilst we don’t know yet from the company the cause of the latest flaring or expected duration, we will provide further updates as soon as further information becomes available.”
SEPA also has monitors to analyse the damage to air quality or if permit conditions have been violated.
The agency also confirmed they had received 380 complaints over the incident.
Following Sunday’s flare, ExxonMobil did apologise to the local residents and stated there had been a “process interruption”.
They tweeted on Sunday: “As our team undertakes the safe re-start of our compressor, you may see some fluctuations in our elevated flare tonight.
“We will continue to minimise the size of the flare wherever possible and apologise again for any frustration caused by this work.”
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No injuries have been reported after an explosion rocked a chemical plant in Palm Bay Tuesday morning, sending clouds of thick black smoke into the sky.
Police in both Palm Bay and Melbourne tweeted about the incident shortly before 11 a.m. Tuesday.
About 30 minutes later, Palm Bay Fire Rescue confirmed that the explosion happened at FAR Chemical on Wilhelmina Court. According to its website, FAR Chemical has been “handling and processing complex and hazardous chemistries” at its Palm Bay facility for the past 35 years.
The chemicals manufactured at the site are used in pharmaceuticals, coatings, adhesives, sealants, composites, flavors and fragrances.
The plant has been evacuated.
According to Palm Bay Fire Rescue, the explosion originated from an industrial storage area containing 30 to 40 50-gallon barrels of an isopropyl alcohol-based solution.
“Hazmat teams are on scene and have confirmed that the materials and resulting plume are non-toxic. One business was evacuated due to the explosion; however, no additional evacuations are required at this time,” a news release read.
The exact cause of the explosion is under investigation, although a Palm Bay Fire Rescue official said a refrigeration issue caused a fire, which in turn ignited barrels of solvent.
U.S. 1 and RJ Conlan Boulevard were closed to traffic until all roads opened at about 2:15 p.m.
Pictures show thick plumes of smoke coming from the facility.
Tasha Wadsworth told News 6 that the explosion shook her car as she was driving near the plant at about 10:39 a.m. She said the first explosion, was followed by several others.
Cracking and popping noises can be heard in a video she recorded of the black, billowing smoke.
A woman who called 911 told the operator, “A building just blew up.”
Moments later, she added, “It keeps blowing up.”
She said she saw flames and plumes of smoke coming from the area.
“I heard three explosions so far and people are stopping on the bridge. Oh my God. Oh this is terrible, oh my God,” she said.
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